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Tropical Storm Paulette, Tropical Storm Rene both form in Atlantic Ocean on Labor Day

Earliest ’P’ and ’R’ storms ever

Tropical Storm Paulette formed over open waters Monday morning and Tropical Storm Rene formed Monday afternoon.
Tropical Storm Paulette formed over open waters Monday morning and Tropical Storm Rene formed Monday afternoon. (WSLS)

ROANOKE, Va. – The official peak of Atlantic hurricane season isn’t until September 10, but the tropics don’t care about “normal” this year. Tropical Storm Paulette formed over open waters Monday morning and Tropical Storm Rene formed Monday afternoon.

Thankfully neither storm is a threat to the U.S. within the next week.

Paulette is the earliest ’P’ storm on record, beating the old record by 10 days. Rene is the earliest ’R’ storm on record, beating the old record by 11 days. This is according to Philip Klotzbach, of the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project.

Closer to home, there’s another storm with only a 30% chance of getting a name within the next five days.

Odds of a tropical storm closer to home

Name or not, this will be the main source for scattered showers and storms Wednesday, Thursday and perhaps even Friday of this week.

The only names left to the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season are Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred. After that, storms will be given letters to the Greek alphabet (Hurricane Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, etc.).


About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.